Syracuse Football: Spring Game Format, Expectations Remain Unknown

Rich Barnes-US PRESSWIRE

When 20,000 (ahem) Syracuse fans show up on Saturday to watch the Syracuse Orange football team in their annual spring, it's gonna be a situation that Donald Rumsfeld might say includes a lot of "known knowns and unknown unknowns."

When 20,000 (ahem) Syracuse fans show up on Saturday to watch the Syracuse Orange football team in their annual spring, it's gonna be a situation that Donald Rumsfeld might say includes a lot of "known knowns and unknown unknowns."

What will the game look like? Well, that's a bit of a work in progress. Long gone are the days of Greg Robinson's thud drills and Doug Marrone's scoring system. Instead, it sounds like they just might play a good old fashioned #hardnosed game of football:

"We’re working on (the format)," Shafer said following practice last weekend. "It’s going to be some sort of a game, and I know the kids want that, too."

"We’ll probably match it up so the 1s get to run some reps together," he said. "And the kids that are fighting to get in the 1 group are getting some reps."

Chris Carlson has some thoughts on five Orange players you might want to keep an eye on, including RB George Morris III, DT/DE John Raymon, WR Quinta Funderburk, LB Luke Arceniaga, and OL Ivan Foy.

It's also that time of year when we start to learn a little something about these players that we might not have know before.

Nate Mink profiles potential starting quarterback Terrel Hunt, who lost his mother early in life and honors her with everything he does...

He has several tattoos to honor both parents. One is a heart and rose with Katrina's picture in it, and it rests over his own heart. There's a cancer ribbon, and then there's two tombstones, one for his mother and father. Katrina is holding an 'S' for Syracuse and Dad is holding a football. Terrel is inked next to the tombstones wearing his No. 10 jersey with butterflies flying around.

This year for every game or workout, for the first time, Terrel will wear a white T-shirt friends from high school made for him when his mother died. On it is Katrina's face with the words, 'In love and memory, we will never forget you.'

Hunt, along with Charley Loeb and John Kinder, will have their final chance to impress Syracuse coaches before the summer...and the arrival of Drew Allen.

"We’ve had pretty good repetitions with all three of those kids," Shafer said. "I think Terrel and Charley (Loeb) have kind of been battling the last few days and doing some good things, so it’s good to see that the competition’s kind of on the rise. But we have a lot of time."

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